Gov. Nikki Haley speaks to reporters on June 24, 2013.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - While South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley says she wants Congress to "defund Obamacare," she doesn't support shutting down the federal government to do so.
Haley emphasized her opposition to the federal health care law earlier this week in announcing her re-election bid. She told supporters she's going to continue fighting the law until Congress is convinced to defund it.
But campaign spokesman Rob Godfrey said Friday that while she wants to stop the law, she does not support shutting down the rest of government. He says Haley trusts South Carolina's congressmen to determine how to undo it.
A national Tea Party group stopped in Charleston this week as part of its effort to urge Republican lawmakers to oppose any federal spending bill that includes funding for the health care overhaul.